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Education: USF names leader for Santa Rosa campus

Also: Agilent donation helps SSU expand programs

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    Eric Gneckow, Business Journal Staff ReporterAs the new director of the University of San Francisco’s Santa Rosa campus, Xavier Nazario said that he hopes to pursue new academic programs and grow enrollment in 2013 and beyond.

    After joining as director in November, Mr. Nazario, formerly assistant director of enrollment and recruitment at the USF campus in Sacramento, said extending community, education and business relationships will be a powerful tool in building the San Francisco-based private university’s 80-student Santa Rosa campus.

    “I want people to view our campus as a community resource,” he said.

    Xavier Nazario

    Xavier Nazario

    Mr. Nazario served in his former role since 2008. He received a double degree in business management and philosophy from Santa Clara University, and a master of public administration from the school of management within USF.

    The downtown Santa Rosa campus is one of four satellite locations for the 10,000-student USF. Located at 416 B St., it includes eight classrooms, a conference room, a library and a student lounge.  

    In operation for more than 30 years, the Santa Rosa location joins other satellite campuses in focusing on evening and weekend programs that cater to current professionals.

    In Santa Rosa, those programs include a master’s degree in counseling psychology that emphasizes marriage and family therapy and a teaching credential with a master’s option.

    The third program, a master’s in clinical nursing, is focused on the specialized analytical and statistical aspects of the profession and essentially skips a bachelor’s degree for students, Mr. Nazario said.

    “It really is an innovative degree,” said Mr. Nazario. “In the next three to five years, we expect it to be in high demand.”

    Mr. Nazario was selected as permanent director after the retirement of Rosa Turner, who headed the campus for seven years before retiring in 2010.

    The campus has a long-running relationship with Santa Rosa Junior College, and Mr. Nazario said that the two institutions are discussing possibilities for new collaborative education programs in the future.

    “One of my No. 1 goals is to reach out to the other schools,” he said, including Empire College and Sonoma State University.

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    A gift of advanced electronic measurement equipment valued at more than $220,000 will help Sonoma State University to offer new courses and develop one of the most advanced measurement laboratories in the California State University system.

    In its second sizable donation to Sonoma State this year, Agilent Technologies provided 160 advanced measurement devices to the school’s Engineering Science department in December. The instruments have a variety of functions, and will be used to set up basic electronics and communication laboratories for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Those labs will also enable practical research in the field of advanced electronics, according to the university.

    Agilent has given the university more than $1 million in equipment over its history, as well as providing ongoing scholarships, instruction and mentorship programs.

    Much of the donated equipment is designed for microwave frequency measurement, suitable for applications including some radio frequency applications and optical fiber measurements. Engineers from Agilent are working with the department to design experiments that use the equipment to illustrate scenarios students would encounter as real-world engineers.

    Equipment donated earlier this year allowed the department to improve the quality of courses in areas of electromagnetics, radio-frequency design and wireless communications.

    The engineering department is also looking to make the equipment available through the school’s Open University program, allowing professionals to access the technology in person and for some units to be accessible online.

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    Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch will deliver the commencement address at Empire College’s semiannual graduation ceremony for the School of Business on the evening of Jan. 21 at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.

    The ceremony will feature a graduating class of 100 students, with comments from students and Empire College faculty.

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    Corey Lee, chef and owner of Benu Restaurant in San Francisco, delivered the keynote address to a graduating class from the Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone campus in St. Helena. Forty associate degree recipients were honored as part of the program.

    Submit items for this column to eric.gneckow@busjrnl.com or call 707-521-4259.

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